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Film / Once Upon a Brothers Grimm

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A 1977 musical fantasy Made-for-TV Movie, directed by Norman Campbell and starring Dean Jones and Paul Sand in the title roles.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are traveling to a king's palace to present him with their fairy tales. Their carriage driver refuses to take them into the woods because they are said to be enchanted. Not wanting to miss their audience with the king, the brothers buy the carriage from the driver and travel into the woods alone. Placed under the enchantment of the woods, the brothers begin to encounter a wide range of characters that exist in their tales, including Snow White and Sleeping Beauty among many others.


  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Jacob, at first.
  • Art Shift: Once the brother go deeper into woods, everything appears to be from a theatrical stage. And some scenes look like animated backgrounds, such as when the brothers climb on the mountains while singing "The Only Way to Go Is Up".
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Esmeralda the hag of the Black Forest who gave Wilhelm the invisible cloak after giving him a gold coin.
  • The Determinators: The brothers, in getting out of the forest.
  • Don't Go Into the Woods: The brothers' carriage driver warns them about the woods.
  • The Dreaded: The Wicked Witch of the North.
  • Eldritch Location: The woods.
  • Fairy Tale Free-for-All: The Brothers Grimm encounter several characters from their fairy tales as they travel through an enchanted forest.
  • Great Gazoo: Rumpelstiltskin
  • BSoD Song: "That Can't Be Jakob Grimm"
  • I Am a Humanitarian: The witch from Hansel & Gretel, she also plans to eat Jacob.
  • "I Am" Song: "My name is Rumpelstiltskin, my name is Rumpelstiltskin..."
  • Jerkass: Selfish and Mean.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Hilariously, Wilhelm walked pass Jacob dressed as Little Red Riding Hood's grandma and didn't even recognize him in that get-up.
  • Papa Bear: The king from the Frog Prince story wants to have Wilhelm executed because he tried to have his way with his daughter and he's "not a prince".
  • Rule of Three: Red Riding Hood asking Jacob "What big X you got?".
  • Talking Animal: The carriage horse has the ability to speak while in the woods.
  • Triumphant Reprise: "Life is Not a Fairy Tale", sung by Jakob during his Flat-Earth Atheist phase early on in the presentation, is later sung by Jakob as "Life Can Be a Fairy Tale" as the Brothers Grimm's speech to the king.